Was your familyenthusiastic about yourbecoming a brother?
My family was set on medeveloping a family of myown and having children andgrandchildren. Nonetheless, bothfamily and friends have come torespect the idea of religious lifeafter meeting the brothers andseeing my joy in community.
What style of prayerworks for you?
I pray best in a quiet setting withsome light acoustic guitar orpiano playing in the background.I find that music balances me, especially when reading the Psalmsor other scriptural literature. Ialso appreciate going outside ofmy usual routine and prayingwith a live gospel choir or contemporary music choir.
What’s the most funyou’ve ever had withyour community?
Some of the best memories incommunity are from aroundthe dinner table. To eat withthe brothers is to share laughs,smiles, enriching conversation,great food, and fraternity.
What is it like to bea teaching brother?
I like the challenge to have tothink on my feet, literally andfiguratively. Teaching bothreligion and science helps me tocontinue the journey of makingconnections between faith andreason, and I’ve come to have apassion for working with youngfolk.
Mother Teresa because sheencouraged leaders in society tostep up and serve one another“person to person.” I also enjoySaint Anthony of Padua for hispatronage to the poor and the lost.
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BROTHER KYLEMENA, F.S.C.
He lives in Philadelphia now, but Brother Kyle Mena, F.S.C. is a“New Yorker at heart,” having been born and raised there byhis mom and abuelos (grandparents). He realized his calling toreligious life slowly, and even sees it linked to construction in hiscollege dorm: “As the jackhammers rang outside and clogged pipesled to sewage backup in our rooms, at times, I sought refuge in ourschool chapel and campus events, including campus ministry.” Hisfaith flourished in college, and then he providentially met a De LaSalle Christian Brother, who opened up a whole new world—onethat he eventually came to join.
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